This challenge was the most fun, but it was also the most challenging! When I saw the BEAUTIFUL beaded purse and belt I received from Norla Beads to model with I got very excited. I immediately saw myself in a high fashion magazine. I envisioned the purses being highlighted with fabulous photography, styling and makeup. I researched online and bought multiple high fashion magazines for inspiration. All I saw was straight hair, and very few African-American models.
Unique: Being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else. One of my favorite quotes is: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”-Oscar Wilde. I embrace my unique qualities and take pride in them. Natural hair is unique. It’s different. It’s beautiful. For this challenge I used the Kynx Hair Care products to keep my braid out moisturized and looking fresh!
When given this challenge it was easy to pick the word that described me the best. I see myself as unique because I can’t imagine myself as an anyone else. In fact, I reject that concept all together. We are all unique in our own right. But some of us along the way seem to fall in line with the in-crowd, trying to talk, dress and embody each other.
For this shoot I was inspired by the beautiful natural atmosphere of Nature. I styled my hair in a unique style that makes a statement for any occasion.
- Apply the Curly Twist Out Hair Milk to clean hair and plait the hair into 2 plaits.
- When 80% dry, gently comb the hair out with a wide-toothed comb.
- Part the hair into three sections and secure the sections with scrunchies.
- Use bobby pins to pin the sections into buns and touch up any frizzy sections with Herbal Style Gel.
I love this head wrap! As the temperature outside drops there is less moisture in the air. Wraps are one of my favorite protective styles in the winter, but I also use them in the summer to spice up my styles. Versatility is a huge part of my personal style and wraps give me a plethora of options to be fierce and fashionable. For example, I love wearing a colorful wrap with a plain blazer or a solid colored wrap with a bright and colorful outfit. I explored new wrap styles after this challenge was given that have already become staples for me!
Hair damage can be traumatic for some women, especially African-American women. My journey has been a particular one, but I know I’m not alone. My hair was relaxed off and on for 4 years before transitioning on accident. Eleven years ago, at the age of 17 I simply decided that the stuff my mother was putting on my hair was damaging. My styling skills were limited, but I noticed that my hair loved moisture. Opting out of wearing weaves or extensions I wore my hair flat-ironed, in buns or braids. Fast-forward 8 years and my hair was still damaged.